Belarus: How safe are critical journalists currently? | DW News

Belarus: How safe are critical journalists currently? | DW News

Jailed Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich has addressed a news conference in Minsk – in what the opposition says is another statement made under duress. Mr Pratasevich said he was in good health and that he has not been beaten. He was arrested last month after his flight to Lithuania was forced to land in Minsk. This is the third time he’s appeared in front of the press. Previously, he admitted to plotting to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko.


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  1. It is obvious that Mr. Pratasevich was not subjected to significant physical influence in Belarusian prison. It is also obvious that Mr. Pratasevich cooperates with the Belarusian investigative body mainly voluntarily, and gives his interviews not under duress.

  2. Pratasevich didn't change his minds quickly – he's said today that he still don't support Lukashenka, and will never support him. Also, Pratasevich left Nehta channel long before he was detained in Minsk, and he criticized his telegram partner Mr.Putsila long before the detaining.

  3. There is no evidence that the plane was forced to land in Minsk. But there is a lot of evidence that the pilots of the plane themselves made the decision to land the plane in Minsk on the basis of information reported them by the dispatchers of the Minsk airport.

  4. Who are the Belarusian government trying to convince parading the journalist they kidnapped and Obviously giving a statement under Durness ,, let him out of the country so he can speak freely and then see what he says. We believe that then.

  5. This interviewer always throws me off with his cadence and strange questioning. It's almost that he's acting ignorant in his questioning, but it comes across as shallow questions. And please give more time to your interviews 4 minutes not enough for something like this

  6. Critical journalists in Belarus are safe, unless they engage in criminal activities. In the west, however, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Alain Soral, and many others are imprisoned for being critical. Guantanamo is another example.

  7. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
    Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
    “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted".

    YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF AN IMAGE in the form of anything, in Heaven above or in the Earth beneath, or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents up to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    "If my people who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their land."

    AND WHEN YOU PRAY, DO NOT BE LIKE THE HYPOCRITES, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. BUT WHEN YOU PRAY GO INTO YOUR ROOM, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    This, then, is how you should pray:

    Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

    For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    "Matthew 5-7 NIV Bible Gateway", we can use google search.
    These are the teachings,
    The Righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ our God.
    REPENT, and start doing what is right.
    If you abide my teachings, you are really my disciples; then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in Truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
    GOD IS SPIRIT so his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in Truth.

    In the New Heaven and New Earth,
    only Righteousness dwells.
    May the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ our God be with you all.

  8. why is there no full video or at least longer video of this press conference? Let people judge by themselves whether it's under duress. Could anyone kindly share a link if there's a longer video?

  9. Yes. Do not accept anarchy’s lies. Why would they resort to kidnapping and risking other’s lives if they were doing a just arrest? We may not know what they are using to force this young man to make false statements, but are we inside -with him, in his cell? Find out! Don’t just ‘believe’ words.

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